get about

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get about

  1. Also get around. Move around, be active, especially after an illness. For example, At 85 Jean still gets around very well, or Arthritis makes it hard for him to get about. [Mid-1800s]

  2. Become known, circulate, as in The news of her engagement got about very quickly. [Early 1800s] Also see get around, def. 4.

  3. Be socially active, as in After her husband died, she didn't get about much for a year. Also see get around, def. 3 and 4.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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